Rhiannon Blanchard, Resident Care Manager
Meet Rhiannon Blanchard, our Resident Care Manager. Rhiannon has an important role in the community as she manages the Life Enrichment Aides. Working with older adults has been a passion of Rhiannon's since she was a young girl in high school.
Having lived in Southeast Kansas since 2000, Rhiannon realized her passion and began working her way up the healthcare ladder. She was certified as a Nursing Assistant in high school and went on to receive her Medication Aide License shrotly after through Neosho County Community College. After moving to the Kansas City metro area, Rhiannon completed her LPN at Brown Machie of Lenexa in 2014.
Rhiannon resides in Gardner with her husband and yellow lab named Bismark. Rhiannon shares that her mission as a nurse and as a Resident Care Manager is, "to touch as many people's lives as possible in an uplifting way - each and every day."
Trisha McClanahan, Lifestyle Specialist
Meet Trisha McClanahan, our Lifestyle Specialist. Trisha is one of the first people you will meet when visiting Travanse Living™. She is a wealth of information and can tell you all about this unique assisted living and memory community. Trisha will guide you in the right direction when deciding which lifestyle option is best for you or your loved one.
Trisha has devoted her professional life to helping older adults, especially those with Alzheimer’s disease. “I have always truly enjoyed working with older adults,” says Trisha. “I find the information and life stories they have to share to be very interesting and insightful.”
Before bringing her expertise to the Travanse Living team, Trisha worked at the local Kansas City area Alzheimer’s Association – Heart of America Chapter for 12 years and has been involved in Alzheimer’s work professionally for the past 21 years.
An Iowa native, Trisha graduated from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and she holds a masters degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Osteopathic & Health Sciences. Prior to moving to Olathe in 2001, she lived in the Chicago area. She has two children; a daughter and a son.
Jonae Meyer, Community Life Manager
We’re pleased to introduce you to Jonae Meyer, Community Life Manager at Travanse LivingTM at Olathe. Jonae brings over 11 years of healthcare expertise as well as experience with Independent Living and Assisted Living residents to her role.
As Community Life Manager, Jonae will oversee and implement all services at our community. Creative and outgoing, Jonae will make all community events and activities a special occasion. “I feel blessed to part of the team at Travanse Living at Olathe,” she says.
Jonae and her husband, who is also in healthcare, have four grown children, six grandchildren and one spoiled German Shorthair. Her hobbies include interior design, crafting, gardening, baking and spoiling her grandbabies!
Aaron Attebury, Maintenance Manager
Meet Aaron Attebury, Maintenance Manager for Travanse Living at Olathe. Aaron brings years of experience to our team – experience that will ensure our community is well taken care of on a daily basis.
Aaron has overseen maintenance in a variety of settings, including assisted living and memory care communities for over 12 years. He spent nine years as Director of Operations and Maintenance Manager at Tutera Family Communities. He has overseen maintenance, laundry, housekeeping and transportation services.
Aaron is looking forward to his new role with Travanse Living. “I am looking forward to this new experience,” says Aaron. “This is a wonderful opportunity to expand both my personal and professional growth, and I’m excited to be a part of the Travanse Living team.”
Aaron has lived in Belton, Missouri all his life. A family man, he has been married to his wife, Leslie, for 18 years. They have three sons, Jacob, Zachary and Quinten.
Michelle Durbin, Memory Care Manager
Meet Michelle Durbin, Memory Care Manager for Travanse Living at Olathe. Originally from Olathe, Michelle discovered her passion for working with older adults at the age of 10 when she would spend summers with her grandfather at his senior living community.
Michelle has since moved to the Paola area, where she lives with her beloved Australian Shepherd, Scout. Working in Memory Care for nearly 15 years, Michelle spends her spare time volunteering for the Alzheimer's Association and traveling to Guatemala for mission work.
Michelle's favorite quote is, "The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to share it," by William Shakespeare.
Teri Bechtold, Business Office Manager
Meet Teri Bechtold, our Business Office Manager. Teri will be one of the first people you see as you enter our community and she's always excited to greet residents with a friendly and familiar face. Any questions you have, Teri will be able to answer.
Teri is a Kansas native through and through. After traveling around the country as a self proclaimed "army brat," Teri finally settled down in Kansas and eventually graduated from Kansas State University. When Teri first moved to Kansas, she lived with her grandparents for two years and it's a time of her life that bred her fondest memories. In fact, it inspired her to work with older adults - "because they have the best stories and are super lovable."
Teri is married with two children in Kansas City.